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May 17, 2022

CL: Tottenham hold firm to end Milan challenge

Tottenham Hotspur FC’s dream debut in the UEFA Champions League goes on after they booked their progress to the quarter-finals with a scoreless home draw against AC Milan, uefa.com informs. Final result 0-0 (agg.1-0).

This stalemate provided quite a contrast with the goal feasts White Hart Lane had previously witnessed in the competition but the home supporters were not complaining at the final whistle after their side squeezed through thanks to Peter Crouch’s solitary first-leg strike. For Milan this is the third time in four seasons they have exited against Premier League opposition at this stage. They succeeded in blunting Spurs’ hitherto prolific attack but could find no way past Heurelho Gomes at the other end, going no closer than a deflected Robinho effort that William Gallas cleared off the line in the first half.
“One of the biggest games in the history of the club” was how Harry Redknapp had described Milan’s visit. Certainly White Hart Lane had not staged a more significant European tie since Tottenham won the UEFA Cup in 1984 and the opening moments suggested the home side were ready to produce the adventurous, attacking display their manager had promised. In the second minute Steven Pienaar found Rafael van der Vaart in space 20 metres from goal but he poked wide. Yet Milan soon began to assert themselves, passing and probing and, after 16 minutes, drawing the first save out of Gomes when Zlatan Ibrahimovi? arrowed in a free-kick from the left.


FC Schalke 04 3-1 Valencia CF (agg: 4-2).

Jefferson Farfán and Mario Gavranovi? scored either side of half-time as Felix Magath’s side came from behind to book their quarter-final place.

Jefferson Farfán scored twice as FC Schalke 04 came from behind to beat Valencia CF 4-2 on aggregate, sealing their place in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2007/08.

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